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McIntosh joins the Blu-ray race with their universal Blu-ray player, the MVP881BR .



The MVP881BR also features:


* BD-Live Profile 2.0 support

* On-board audio decoders for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD

* Multichannel analog outputs

* Custom linear power supply

* Fully balanced 2-channel audio design

* 32-bit/192kHz DACs

* 1080p/24 and 60 frame output

* Backlit, learning IR remote




I think this thing is going to set the record for most expensive Blu-ray player.
 

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Originally Posted by LaoChe /forum/post/17036523


McIntosh joins the Blu-ray race with their universal Blu-ray player, the MVP881BR .



The MVP881BR also features:


* BD-Live Profile 2.0 support

* On-board audio decoders for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD

* Multichannel analog outputs

* Custom linear power supply

* Fully balanced 2-channel audio design

* 32-bit/192kHz DACs

* 1080p/24 and 60 frame output

* Backlit, learning IR remote




I think this thing is going to set the record for most expensive Blu-ray player.

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Originally Posted by LaoChe /forum/post/17036523


McIntosh joins the Blu-ray race with their universal Blu-ray player, the MVP881BR .



The MVP881BR also features:


* BD-Live Profile 2.0 support

* On-board audio decoders for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD

* Multichannel analog outputs

* Custom linear power supply

* Fully balanced 2-channel audio design

* 32-bit/192kHz DACs

* 1080p/24 and 60 frame output

* Backlit, learning IR remote




I think this thing is going to set the record for most expensive Blu-ray player.

Nice I live right next to them in binghamton might have to stop in just to see it...
 

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Obligatory "it won't look or sound any better than a $99 Funai if one uses HDMI."


Although I'm sure it will have first class analog output, image processing, and of course universal media support.
 

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Great features for US BD player but the price is very expensive.I also want the review when it comes for comparison with the expensive BD player from Japan like Pioneer bdp-LX91,Denon DVD-A1UD,Marantz-UD9004.
 

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It's very likely that they will use the Denon A1UD platform, as McIntosh (and Marantz) are under the same corporate umbrella. McIntosh already uses the same Denon transport in their top end SACD/CD player (the MCD500), so it makes sense for them to use it in their BD player as well. They will most likely add some of their own stuff inside like Marantz did (upgraded power supply etc.).
 

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Hello!

Are there any MVP881BR owner's here?

Our MVP881 does not output DTS HDMA 5.1 audio.

I connect MVP881 to Audio/Video Control Center McIntosh MX150 via HDMI-cable. When I set in BR-disk menu "Dolby Surround 5.1 mode", then MX150 shows me 5.1 "IN", and also 5.1 "OUT" audio signal. (On the front panel of MX150 are shone 6 lights on the left -IN signal, and 6 lights on the right - OUT signal). This mode works fine.

But when I set "DTS HDMA 5.1 audio" mode in BR-disk menu, the MX150 diagnoses only "stereo" audio input signal (on the front panel of MX150, on the left, light up only 2 indicators), and the indicator "HD AUDIO" in the middle of the front panel of MX150 is not shone. And I hear the stereo sound from the loudspeakers.

At the same time, if I plug another BR player to the MX150, also via HDMI cable (it is OPPO BR player), the DTS HDMA 5.1 audio is reproduced perfectly -I hear an excellent 5.1 sound! And I also see 6 "IN" indicators and 6 "OUT" indicators, and "HD AUDIO" indicator on the front panel MX150 shone.

In MVP881 (and also MX150) SETUP all options are set as "Manufacturer's Settings".

I am sure that this situation is not related to failures in the MVP881 - it is not broken!

I have a question to those who know: what should I do in the settings MVP881, or in settings MX150 to fix this problem?

(Local Mackintosh Dealer didn't refuse to solve this problem, but they have told to us that we should leave our MVP881 at them for 2 weeks! It's not an option!)

Second question:

The upgrade of this equipment (MVP881 and MX150) was not made. Local McIntosh Dealer assert that for the last years was not issued any updatings neither for video - nor for audio - equipment. It seems strange to us! In this time, most likely, there were many new codecs for BR players. We increasingly often began to meet BR disks which our MVP881 can not reproduce. Usually, in such cases, we see the message "No Disc". Other, disks are reproduced perfectly.

Is there upgrades for MVP881 and MX150 were issued (production date of both these devices - May 2010)? How can we upgrade our MVP881 and MX150?

Actually in the MVP881 menu there is a "Upgrade" item. We understant that the player MVP881 can itself do an upgrade via the Internet. But we strongly recommend not to do this because it is very unsafe: together with updatings many viruses can get to a player. And it have no any Antivirus!

Is it really so?

How can we upgrade the MVP881? And how we can upgrade MX150?
 

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The MVP881 can do DTS-HD MA, but I don't have one on hand anymore to look at the menu system to see what settings might need to be enabled. You should do firmware updates for it over the Internet, as there is NO risk for a virus, and it will allow you to playback discs that are giving you problems. There are no new Codecs that would be supported, as the Blu-ray specification hasn't changed to add any new ones, but there are discs that have updated copy protection that you would need to update your firmware to playback correctly.
 

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Originally Posted by LaoChe /forum/post/17043853


Alright, so who's going to be the first to test this guy out?

I purchased this player and it is mind blowing, my brains pleasure center goes into an overload mode. I am experiencing a few issues like some disks will not play, for instance after the initial insert of Avatar I get a (NO DISK) in the front panel information display. I think it needs a firmware update but i'm not sure how to do this.


By the way I purchased this unit for 3000.00, by the way marital counseling cost are more than the unit. LOL


If your interested my system consists of


McIntosh MX120, McIntosh MVP881BR audio video player

(1) McIntosh MX120

(3) McIntosh MC501 amps

(2) B & W 802's

(1) B & W HTM2 Center speaker

(1) B & W DB1 sub

(1) Stewart UltraMatte 150, 120 in.
 

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So I recently picked up a used McIntosh player. I am still getting used to the controls but I noticed that it is not bit streaming the audio. I selected it in the menu and it displays the correct codec on the player screen but my receiver (Onkyo) shows PCM. I hooked up my old player using the same HDMI cable/port and I get the Dolby Red logo which always indicates that it is bit streaming DTS.

I didn't know if anyone had any experience with these players. I do not think it's my receiver as stated above.
 

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I just wanted to update this thread for future reference. I did find out how to enable bitstreaming on this device. In the regular "Setup" mode there is no way to access it, which is rather surprising. They do have a bitstreaming option under Digital Out (as pictured in my previous post) but it does not output the correct audio signal to your receiver. At this point I thought something was wrong with my player until I discovered there is a hidden second step (not really, as it is listed in the manual) to fully enable this feature.

McIntosh refers to it as "BD Audio Mode" which you can only access by using the remote. You MUST have the remote to access pretty much all of the features. The physical buttons on the front of the unit do not give you access to the any internal settings. You can pop in a movie and it will land by default to the play/start movie option in the menu, but that's about all you can do. Hitting the "Play" button acts as enter/select which is the norm, but there is no way to toggle (left, right, up, down) over to enable scene selection, special features, settings, etc.

If you purchased a used unit (as I did) and it did not come with a remote, you can purchase the HR089 remote which is backwards compatible starting with the MVP871. The remote will need to be programmed, however. I purchased the remote directly through McIntosh for $80 which I thought was more than reasonable.

To fully Enable Bitstreaming on your McIntosh unit: You may also refer to page 36 of your manual.
Steps:
Once you have the Remote press the "Mode" button to access a pop up menu.
Use the directional buttons to toggle and select "BD Audio Mode" -It will likely already be highlighted
It will list two options*.
Select "HD Audio Output" to enable this setting. You should then hear your receiver pick up the signal (mine makes a clicking sound) and the proper codec will then be displayed. My player has a red DTS logo that will illuminate.
Press the "Mode" button again to exit the settings window.
You're all done!

From the manual:
“HD Audio Output Mode” selection is required for the MVP881BR to Output Dolby Digital or DTS Digital Audio Signals via the HDMI connection.

*The second option is "Mix Audio Output" which is meant for for PiP (Picture in Picture) viewing per the manual. My player was set to this setting.

Final thoughts:
I have tried a few different discs (TrueHD, DTS) and I can confirm (although not 100%) that once "HD Audio Output" is properly selected, you will not need to enable it again. I thought that perhaps you would need to go into the Mode settings each and every time you loaded a disc, but this is not the case. The likely exception being a full factory reset. I feel that the unit was reset before I received it, which explains why it was not initially on that setting.

This McIntosh player (881BR) is a luxurious powerhouse built like a tank. While I would never pay the original $8000 MSRP, just briefly examining it and admiring its beautiful construction is enough to justify owning this player..even while taking into consideration its age, outdated features, and lack of support (last Firmware update was in 2011).

Say what you will about McIntosh, but this unit is simply outstanding once it has been properly setup and calibrated. It will take virtually any disc (including PAL) and the transport (made from Zinc Die-Cast) is super quiet. Many claim this player is slow and it is, but this is not a regular player. This player has multiple microprocessors and its operating fan is the same size as one found in computer towers.

With physical media sadly on the way out, grab these while you still can for a bargain. I feel these will only go up in price over the years. They currently go for roughly $1500-$3k now. Hell...even my McIntosh LaserDisc player (MLD7020) still sells for over a grand these days and it's over 20 years old!
 
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